AUSTIN -- Austinites had a chance to talk directly to city leaders Wednesday about diversity. It happened during the first Annual Diversity Symposium.
Police Chief Art Acevedo, Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and other city leaders spoke candidly about division in the city.
They talked about not just racial diversity, but also economic and education disparities; some of which are causing people to leave Austin.
"When we heard the demographer talk today about some of the trends, clearly there's an exodus of some of our population in areas, going external of the city. What we're trying to do is find ways that we can maintain the individuals here," said Acting Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes.
To keep people in Austin, Snipes said departments are engaging with the public more, even visiting schools and working to create better relationships.